A new year is on the horizon, but not when it comes to the NFL. There are still two weeks to play and plenty of playoff races to be determined, making the penultimate injury report of the regular season even more important than previous weeks. Whoever misses Sunday’s games could affect the playoff race for several teams.
Below, we will break down the official injury reports from every NFL team slated to play this weekend. Who’s in? Who’s out? Who’s trending in the right direction? This is your one-stop shop for everything injury related in the NFL for Week 17.
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McCoy will be out for the Cardinals once again, but Arizona isn’t turning to Trace McSorley this week. David Blough will get the opportunity to start for Arizona this week, the fourth different starting quarterback for the Cardinals this year. Hopkins was a late addition to the injury report with a knee injury.
For the Falcons, Matt Hennessy could come off injured reserve Saturday and start if Wilkinson can’t go. With Franks still in the concussion protocol, the Falcons have Parker Hesse and MyCole Pruitt at tight end.
The Bears receivers are depleted, so Claypool being questionable is optimistic after being limited in Friday’s practice. This was the first time Claypool has practiced since Week 13, so let’s see what the Bears decide with two weeks left to go in the season. Pettis was limited Friday as well but Equanimeous St. Brown cleared concussion protocol.
Ragnow was limited in practice Friday for the Lions after missing practice earlier in the week. He’s likely to start. Jackson was a late addition to the injury report, so Craig Reynolds will be on watch as RB2 if Jackson can’t go.
No reason to be concerned with Lawrence, even if he was limited in practice on Thursday and Friday. Lawrence should be good to go Sunday, even if the game does not affect the Jaguars’ chances to win the AFC South. Jaguars head coach Doug Pederson was optimistic about Walker playing this week.
Ogunbowale has been ahead of Rex Burkhead as the No. 2 back in the Texans offense with Dameon Pierce on injured reserve. If he can’t go, Burkhead will be the No. 2 back behind Royce Freeman.
Broncos interim head coach Jerry Rosburg expects Jeudy to play Sunday, as he was limited all week in practice. Andrew Beck and Eric Saubert are expected to be the tight ends with Dulcich out.
The Chiefs are relatively healthy, except for Mecole Hardman (abdomen). Head coach Andy Reid said Hardman suffered a setback so he will not be activated this week, as his 21-day practice window is still open.
- Dolphins: QB Tua Tagovailoa (concussion) OUT; T Eric Fisher (calf) DOUBTFUL; T Terron Armstead (toe, pectoral, knee, hip), OLB Bradley Chubb (ankle, hand), WR River Cracraft (calf), FB Alec Ingold (thumb), CB Xavien Howard (knee), T Greg Little (foot) QUESTIONABLE
- Patriots: CB Jack Jones (knee), CB Marcus Jones (concussion), TE Jonnu Smith (concussion), WR DeVante Parker (concussion) OUT; CB Jalen Mills (groin), TE Hunter Henry (knee), CB Jonathan Jones (chest), RB Rhamondre Stevenson (ankle), WR Tyquan Thornton (knee) QUESTIONABLE
The Dolphins have a laundry list of injuries heading into this must-win game. Ingold, Chubb, Howard and Armstead will be game-time decisions, according to Dolphins head coach Mike McDaniel. Armstead will be the one to watch with the added hip injury this week, as Fisher and Little are both on the injury report as well. The Dolphins could need a left tackle for Sunday with their top three on the depth chart possibly out.
The Patriots typically keep their questionable injury designations under the vest, as all were limited participants in Friday’s practice. Jonathan Jones and Mills will be two to watch, as they are the starting cornerbacks — and Jack Jones and Marcus Jones are out.
No surprises on the Colts injury report this week, as the three that were ruled out did not practice all week.
For the Giants, Xavier McKinney had his 21-day practice window open, but he won’t be activated from injured reserve. Jackson is a game-time decision, but Ojulari will play despite his injury designation.
Olave has been limited all week for the Saints, so he’ll be essentially a game-time decision. If Olave misses his second straight game, the Saints will rely on Rashid Shaheed, Tre’Quan Smith, Marquez Callaway and Kirk Merritt at wide receiver. Lattimore has been limited in practice all week too, so he’s a player to monitor on Sunday.
Hurts will be a game-time decision for the Eagles as he was limited in Friday’s practice. The news of Hurts being doubtful is a bit discouraging for Sunday, but the Eagles can ride with Gardner Minshew for a second straight week.
Not much on the injury report for the Panthers this week, as Horn could miss the rest of the year. Stephen Sullivan is in line to be the No. 2 tight ends if Tremble is out.
The Buccaneers got the good injury news this week with Ryan Jensen returning to practice, but he won’t play Sunday. All the Buccaneers that were questionable were limited Friday except Dean — who was a full participant. Head coach Todd Bowles said “we’ll see” for Smith and Vea, but no updates for Jones.
Clowney was the only player listed on the Browns injury report, but he has to clear the concussion protocol in order to play Sunday. If Clowney can’t go, Alex Wright is expected to take the majority of the snaps.
The Commanders will have Chase Young (knee) start this week, but he’ll be on a pitch count. Brian Robinson Jr. will be the featured back with Gibson missing this week’s game while the secondary could be significantly thin with four players listed as questionable.
No Samuel again for the 49ers for the third straight week, so expect more targets for Brandon Aiyuk and George Kittle in the passing game. Samuel and Elijah Mitchell both have a chance to play in Week 18.
The Raiders are relatively healthy heading into Week 17, but Derek Carr won’t be starting Sunday’s game against the 49ers. Jarrett Stidham will be starting the rest of the year.
Mike White (ribs) was not given an injury designation for the Jets, so he’ll start at quarterback Sunday. Duane Brown (shoulder) and George Fant (knee) were not given injury designations either, so the Jets have two important offensive linemen ready to go.
Lockett will be the player to watch this week for the Seahawks, as he returned to practice Thursday — just 10 days after breaking a bone in his hand. Goodwin was downgraded to doubtful after Friday’s practice. Walker is expected to play through his ankle injury, similar to last week.
The Vikings have an opportunity to rest Bradbury for the playoffs, as Austin Schlottmann will get the start at center. Ezra Cleveland (shoulder) was not given an injury designation, a good sign for the interior of the Vikings offensive line with Bradbury out.
Watson is day to day for the Packers and getting better each day, practicing for the first time this week after not playing in the second half of Sunday’s win. Tackle David Bakhtiari (hip) was not given an injury designation, so he’ll play this week.
Don’t fret over Higbee missing Sunday’s game, as head coach Sean McVay revealed the Rams will be cautious with him — but the tight end will be “ready to roll.” Gaines is also expected to play while Floyd is dealing with a stomach bug.
Austin Ekeler (knee) was on the injury report all week for the Chargers, but was a full participant in practice Friday and was not given an injury designation. Trey Pipkins (hip) was a full participant all week.
Jack and Ogunjobi were limited in Friday’s practice, so we’ll see if they can give it a go for Sunday. The big name for the Steelers that wasn’t given an injury designation was wide receiver Diontae Johnson (hip), as he was a full participant in Friday’s practice.
No Jackson again for the Ravens this week, so Tyler Huntley will get the start against Pittsburgh with first place in the AFC North on the line. Jackson may not be available until the playoffs at this rate, but the stakes for the Ravens in Week 18 will tell the story. Jason Pierre-Paul and DeSean Jackson (illness) were not given injury designations.
Analysis to come.